Testimonial Nicole and Michel

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Three months at ONG AVEC, Battambang (Cambodia)

It’s the end of March 2017. Michel, my partner, and myself are finishing our three months mission at NGO AVEC. We found this opportunity as volunteers thanks to a friend who had just done the same before us. As soon as we began talking to Patrik, the president of the association, we appreciated his professionalism and his strict ethics; he doesn’t take on any volunteers without having carefully checked their motivations. He also asks them to define the skills they have which could be useful to the organization. We had to think carefully to be able to answer!
Michel Bertarionne en mission humanitaire au Cambodge avec l'ONG AVEC

Michel Bertarionne on a humanitarian mission in Cambodia with the NGO AVEC

At the beginning of January 2017 then, we arrived at Battambang, Cambodia. We felt motivated, enthusiastic, happy to have at last found such a mission (an old dream of mine…) as well as a bit anxious! After a few days getting used to the place (the heat…), we went to the shelter situated right in the middle of dry rice fields. We were stunned by the beauty of the place: in the countryside we crossed to arrive there, everything was burnt by the sun…and we arrived in a garden full of flowers, trees, vegetables…and laughing children!
La neuchâteloise Nicole Reinhardt en mission humanitaire lors d'une sortie avec les enfants du refuge

The Swiss Nicole Reinhardt on a humanitarian mission during an outing with the children of the refuge

In fact we didn’t know exactly what we were going to do, but everything got set up quickly: when we arrived, there was a general power cut, so Michel, who is an engineer, had a look … and he has been doing it for three months! He has revised, repaired, changed the whole electrical system. Meanwhile I have spent the mornings with the children, first at the nursery school, then playing at the game library with the youngest kids of the center. And in the afternoons I have translated the website from French into English, a long, difficult but interesting task.
La neuchâteloise Nicole Reinhardt distribue du matériel scolaire à des enfants dans une école

Nicole Reinhardt distributes school materials to children at a school

On Saturdays it was different: I taught French and English and Michel taught the guitar. And so time went by, days, weeks then months….we went through many feelings during that time: we had to try to integrate ourselves into this little world, to gain the children’s trust, to understand how to behave in a different context, to wonder if we were doing things right; we had to bear the heat and the dust (an eye infection and a persistent cough for me…).
Toute l'équipe de volontaires à l'action pour la distribution des sacs de riz dans une école au Cambodge

The whole team of volunteers in action for the distribution of sacks of rice in a school in Cambodia.

But above all we will remember the happiness and the laughter of the kids. All of them have been through very difficult situations, but here they can be children again. All day long you can hear them laughing or chanting their lessons in the classrooms. We also admired Patrik and Theavy’s way of viewing humanitarian help: they have a straight course of action for all the children, they follow their path from A to Z, demanding but caring. They promote schooling in the villages using all kinds of means; they never stop going all over the country to find the most vulnerable ones. At the end of our stay, after everything we have experienced at the centre, we want to say thank you, good luck and congratulations to all of those involved. Nicole Reinhardt and Michel Bertarionne (from Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Our children’s shelter in Cambodia

Our children’s shelter in Cambodia

They had no tenderness, they would never play. Our shelter for children in Battambang opened on April 11 2009 ; it has become a reference as far as...

Two little girls in Cambodia living under protection in our child protection center in Battambang.

How to understand our action against child trafficking in Cambodia

These widows or abandoned women must find a way of survival and then live in conditions we could not endure for one single week… Patrik Roux founder NGO AVEC. Agriculture has been recently mechanised in Cambodia; consequently many rural jobs have disappeared. As...
Our volunteers intervene in a village in Cambodia to help a child in a situation of serious abuse.

Emergency intervention at the source of child trafficking and abuse in Cambodia

In those extreme cases we try to take these children into our shelter.The ngo has developed a very efficient network in order to be quick to react. In very poor villages, hundreds of people are ready to report any awkward situation. The network is then essential to...
Our volunteers intervene in a village in Cambodia to help a child in a situation of serious abuse.

The humanitarian main lines of intervention of the NGO AVEC

AVEC works on the long term with little financial meansAs a child protection NGO, AVEC fights against illiteracy, and works towards a change of local ways of thinking by working in four directions : 1. Establishing a local information network trying to locate children...
Two orphan girls play in our child protection center in Cambodia.

The foundation AVEC in Switzerland

Introduction to the AVEC Foundation in SwitzerlandAVEC Switzerland is a small association in which a lot of volunteers from the French and German parts of Switzerland work to support our children's shelter. They organize fundraising dinners, markets, yard sales, and...
Two young orphan girls playing in our child protection centre in Cambodia.

The AVEC association in France

Created in December 2010, AVEC France is the French relay of the NGO AVEC.Based in Oloron-Sainte-Marie (64) in France, this non-political and non-confessional association of law 1901 with humanitarian goals is subsidized since 2012 by the town hall of Oloron...
Two young orphan girls are playing in our child protection center in Cambodia thanks to your sponsorships.

Our children’s shelter in Cambodia

They had no tenderness, they would never play. Our shelter for children in Battambang opened on April 11 2009 ; it has become a reference as far as child protection and care are concerned. We are a small humanitarian organization. We are not everywhere in the world,...
Two little girls in Cambodia living under protection in our child protection center in Battambang.

How to understand our action against child trafficking in Cambodia

These widows or abandoned women must find a way of survival and then live in conditions we could not endure for one single week… Patrik Roux founder NGO AVEC. Agriculture has been recently mechanised in Cambodia; consequently many rural jobs have disappeared. As...
Our volunteers intervene in a village in Cambodia to help a child in a situation of serious abuse.

Emergency intervention at the source of child trafficking and abuse in Cambodia

In those extreme cases we try to take these children into our shelter.The ngo has developed a very efficient network in order to be quick to react. In very poor villages, hundreds of people are ready to report any awkward situation. The network is then essential to...
Our volunteers intervene in a village in Cambodia to help a child in a situation of serious abuse.

Preventing children trafficking in Cambodia

Prevention of child trafficking has been the main purpose of AVEC from its beginning.  AVEC tries to make the rural population understand the dangers of entrusting children to strangers, as well as the importance of education as a factor for change. To this end we...
We specialise in locating and educating poor children. We intervene every two months in public schools in Cambodia, with many children.

The schooling of vulnerable children in Cambodia

After one year of very hard work, the Daksosor village school has now 200 children...instead of 70 before ! Every two months we organize schooldays in the public schools we work with. These special days are important to keep in touch with the teachers and the people...
Young volunteer in Cambodia during an education-related humanitarian action with hundreds of children in a public school.

Who are our volunteers in Cambodia

After years of work in the field, years of dialogue and compromises, we have now some real experience.Patrik Roux, NGO “AVEC” FOUNDER Either at the shelter or through the countryside, thousands of children call him ”Papa”. Before coming to Cambodia, “Papa” used to...
Our volunteers intervene in a village in Cambodia to help a child in a situation of serious abuse.

The humanitarian main lines of intervention of the NGO AVEC

AVEC works on the long term with little financial meansAs a child protection NGO, AVEC fights against illiteracy, and works towards a change of local ways of thinking by working in four directions : 1. Establishing a local information network trying to locate children...
Humanitarian volunteers specialising in the fight against child abuse and trafficking in Cambodia. The NGO AVEC is a reference in the field of child protection.

Who are we ?

In April 2009, the shelter “AVEC” opened.« The NGO AVEC is one of those rare flowers that grow on rubbish piles and that, in a few years, is able to make it a land of hope » Patrik Roux, founder of AVEC History Patrik Roux and his wife Theavy Bun created their NGO...

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